from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Astonishing; astounding.

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  • adjective Causing great surprise or astonishment.


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  • However, the photo one anchor calls "jaw-dropping" is raising a some questions from skeptics who say the "shark" could very well just be a surfer paddling through a wave, or the work of Photoshop.

    Great White Shark In Photo Among San Diego Surfers Raises Questions (VIDEO)

  • Soon the company plans to unveil iPhone and iPad apps for the GMAT that apply what Selinger calls "jaw-dropping" technology. -- Top News

  • The images have been described as jaw-dropping, showing details such as the tracks made by the Apollo rovers and other artifacts and paraphenalia left on the moon. - Home Page

  • Her first recording of this repertoire, at age 17, marked her as an instrumental genius, and Sunday's rendition of the B Minor Partita was simply jaw-dropping in its perfection.

    Virtuoso violinist Hilary Hahn holds her audience rapt but adds some irritants

  • In the Morse Museum of American Art's jaw-dropping 12,000-square-foot wing devoted to Laurelton Hall, Louis Comfort Tiffany's huge estate on the North Shore of Long Island, there are layers and layers—of materials, of meaning, of history.

    Window on a Lush Life

  • The really jaw-dropping thing, though, is that even in retrospect Dimon has been a nearly perfect CEO and JP Morgan basically a perfectly-run company.

    Matthew Yglesias » A Job Well Done

  • Indeed, the Bad Politics in Fiction award in 2010 almost certainly would have gone to his "The Man From Beijing," a jaw-dropping apologia for the genocidal rule of Mao Zedong.

    Tattooed by Politics

  • In a style that mimics Ontario's, it's dark in the glass with jaw-dropping aromas of blackberry, cherry, black pepper and anise.

    Bryan Calandrelli

  • Go hiking on Les Calanques, the limestone cliffs with jaw-dropping views that run along the Mediterranean coast between Marseille and Cassis.

    Budget wine trips in France

  • The surrounding area offers wide, sweeping beaches on the Aquitaine coast 13 miles away, and the jaw-dropping Dune de Pyla the highest dune in Europe is a little further north.

    Family camping in France


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